I had to get the exhaust fixed today as it was just too loud inside the car. Strangely, it wasn't so bad outside the car. Go figure.
The gasket between the pipe and the silencer inlet had broken. A $20 part cost almost $100 dollars in labour to replace because it required detaching and reattaching the exhaust in order to move it around. And it doesn't help that the exhaust kinks vertically over the rear axle so it's quite awkward to work on. It probably would have been the same amount of labour to replace the whole exhaust system.
My luck has definitely been exhausted. Sigh.